Jewels of the Yoruba Song

The Jewels of the Yoruba Song are poems inspired by the music of the great traditional Yoruba musicians of southwest Nigeria. Michael Banjo has brought the native tongue to a wider audience to enjoy the finest of Yoruba philosophy, society and history through the music of the giants of Yoruba music. More

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About Michael O'Banjo

Michael Olugbenga Olatubosun Banjo is a lawyer and transportation executive. He was born in Hull, England and grew up there and in southwest Nigeria. He attended Ibadan Boys’ High School and Federal Government College, Odogbolu. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Combined Honours degree in History and Political Science from the University of Ife, Nigeria. After Ife, he undertook national service in Maiduguri in Borno State, northeast Nigeria. He studied Law at Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1990. He worked as a lawyer and did postgraduate studies in Passenger Transport Management at Aston University, Birmingham and, later on, studied Management Consultancy & Organisational Change at Birkbeck College, University of London. Banjo is a trainer, coach and accredited mentor.

Banjo is one of those restless individuals with a natural ability to wear many hats of talent. Apart from his writing which include short essays and poetry through which he voices his thoughts about life, he is also an amateur landscape photographer and Life writer. His recent books are 'Jewels of the Yoruba Song', a volume of poems based on his transcriptions and translations of the music of the most talented of Yoruba musicians. He has also written a book on organisational life, 'Why Are You Here? The Seven Dimensions of the Human-Centred Workplace.

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